Under magnet's sway, fluids form simple structures

Under magnet's sway, fluids form simple structures

Droplets wiggle, split and coalesce into simple and dynamic configurations

By Andrew Grant, 14:40 PM July 18, 2013

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Dollops of magnetic fluid can assemble themselves into both simple structures and constantly changing complex formations, researchers report in the July 19 Science.

In nature, molecules such as proteins can autonomously warp and fold themselves into new arrangements. Scientists want to create self-assembling synthetic structures that are as dynamic and versatile as the natural ones that drive life.

Physicist Jaakko Timonen at Aalto University in Finland and colleagues figured the...

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